MY INSPIRATION-Olafur Eliasson-light sculptor- ARD416/415

MY INSPIRATION-Olafur Eliasson-light sculptor- ARD416/415

Olafur Eliasson – Danish-Icelandic artist creating sculptures and installations using unusual materials for the sculpture, such as light, water and air temperature. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

“It is not just about decorating the world… but about taking responsibility,” Olafur Eliasson said of his practice in a 2009 TED Talk. Eliasson uses natural elements (like light, water, fog) and makeshift technical devices to transform museum galleries and public areas into immersive environments. Promoting reflection on the spaces surrounding us, for Green River (1998-2001) he poured the bright green (environmentally safe) dye into rivers running through downtown L.A., Stockholm, Tokyo, and other cities to “show the turbulence in these downtown areas” and to remind passersby of the cities’ vitality. Similarly, by installing four large waterfalls in New York’s East River (2008), he intended to give the city a sense of dimension; Eliasson also famously installed a giant artificial sun inside the Tate Modern (The weather project, 2003). Known for their elegant simplicity and lack of materiality, his installations are rooted in a belief that art can create a space sensitive to both individual and collective.

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